Strapped for space and looking for a compact 17 meter antenna? Build yourself a 17 meter delta loop. It will fit in a space 13′ high, 2′ wide, and 20′ long. The lower radiator (3) is only 1′ above ground. Referring to Figure-1 below, the antenna is fed at the junction of radiators (2) and (3) with a 4:1 current balun connected to 50 ohm coax transmission line. Approximately 60′ of #14 AWG stranded THHN coated wire, (2) insulators, guy ring, single 15’+ non-metallic mast, SO-239 connector block, rope, and (2) stakes are all you need to make the antenna.
I have made 17 meter SSB phone contacts around the U. S. (AZ, CA, NY, FL) and most recently with Vrhnika, Slovenia using the antenna with a ICOM-706MkIIG running 100 watts. My QTH is in Cary, NC.
SAFETY NOTE: High voltages can be present on portions of the antenna when transmitting. If you are operating in the field with the antenna, erect a warning sign and use orange colored tape to surround the area around the antenna.
The EZNEC model for the antenna can be downloaded from the link below.
The AutoEZ model for the antenna can be downloaded from the link below.
17 meter delta loop AutoEZ antenna model (zip file)